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Chuao Pop Corn Pop 
Posted: 17 September 2014    7.0 
Chuao Pop Corn Pop from USA Some tasters commented that they loved the buttery popcorn taste in this chocolate bar. Must be the placebo effect.   The Pop Corn Pop is actually comprised of three different fillings: popping candy, corn chips, and puffed amaranth.  Does the combo work?  Pick one up for the gimmick of having poppy candy and corn in your chocolate bar. If it doesn't pop your world, at least you can say you've done it.    
Avg price/gram: USD 0.063   Cocoa %: 41  Size: 80g   
       


Chuao Pop Corn Pop makes the fourth Chuao bar I've sampled for the Chocolate Republic.  By now, I know exactly how Chuao as a brand ticks.        

Chocolate creator Michael Antonorsi sources Latin American cacao beans.  He doesn't say from where.  He just says that most of the beans come from Venezuela and that they're ethically sourced.  We'll have to take his word on the ethically sourced part because there is absolutely nothing on the label, no certification of any kind, to verify this.      

Antonorsi then takes this decent, but not exceptional cacao -- most of it is a 41% milk chocolate blend, some bars 60% -- and adds weird fillings and spices.  The Potato Chip bar is one.   The Pop Corn Pop, reviewed here, is another.         

Some tasters commented that they loved the buttery popcorn taste in this chocolate bar. Must be the placebo effect.  Such a bar, chocolate with a real popcorn filling, might actually taste good, but this is not that bar.  The Pop Corn Pop is actually comprised of three different fillings:  popping candy, corn chips, and puffed amaranth.       

The overpriced popcorn you buy in your movie theater concession stand is usually made from maize, and it does usually include butter or artificial butter flavoring.  Chuao uses amaranth here instead with the added corn chips present for the corny flavor (no pun intended) samplers expect.  No butter within a foot of these bars, unless you're talking about cocoa butter.          

Does the combo work?  People love peanut butter and they love chocolate.  Combining them into a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup was simplicity and brilliance.  People love popcorn and they love chocolate.  The combination doesn't sound and, I imagine, isn't as heavenly, so Chuao added the popping candy to make the combination pop, in more ways than one.      

To be honest, it tasted a lot like the Potato Chip bar or a crispy rice chocolate bar.  Popping candy and really crispy rice can have a similar popping effect. The Pop Corn Pop didn't taste exactly like the Potato Chip bar, of course.  How could it?  But the satisfaction was about the same, and if I were ever asked, "Do you want me to pick you up a Chuao Potato Chip or Chuao Pop Corn Pop," without being able to select another brand or type, I would be completely indifferent.          

Pick one up for the gimmick of having poppy candy and corn in your chocolate bar.  If it doesn't pop your world, at least you can say you've done it.           

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